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One of the great things about studying ancient cultures in your homeschool is that there are plenty of public domain books available. In our home we try to cover history in a 4-year cycle. That way when we read about the Greeks and Romans when our youngest is 5, we will cover that time period again when they are 9(ish) and again when they are 13(ish). That way each time they cover a time period they can expand what is covered, and we cover each cycle a little differently as well. This cycle I am including more information about Asian cultures.
Right now though we are back at one of our favorite cultures – Ancient Greece!
Using various library books, free online lapbooks and printables, a History Pocketsbook I bought years ago, and this list of public domain ebooks – we have a complete unit study for very cheap!
These biographies by Jacob Abbott are at a middle or high school reading level.
A solid text that covers most of the history of Greece. This has plenty of images to use in your projects and it makes a good book to read aloud.
Very nice, short chapters. No images in this book so you can print it out for reading assignments.
For older students – the images do contain some nudity.
A mix of history and mythology. This book has nice illustrations that could be printed out for coloring pages.
Very nice, long history text.
Classic moral tales with beautiful color illustrations.
One of the major accomplishments of the Greek culture was it’s sculpture. This text analyzes sixteen Greek marble statues and includes photographs.
For older students and reference. This details the philosophies and ideas of Greek culture including how they viewed politics, religion, the individual, and art.
Buried Cities (Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae)
Details and photographs of three ancient city ruins.
A very detailed account of how ancient Athens would look like, including daily life.
Historical fiction of what life would be like as a Spartan youth.
The Greeks left behind a legacy in more areas than one. Read about how Greek culture affected medicine, biology, literature, art, architecture, philosophy, and more.
Gorgeous color paintings of the ruins of Greek cities left for us to discover.
Greek 'n' Stuff has three awesome free activities for learning the Greeo letters, alphabet, and words.
On The Shores of the Great Sea (General Ancient History)
This is one of our favorite history texts. You can find this online to read at Heritage History. We like listening to it while we color.
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